Kevin Durant tops 30 points for eighth straight game

January 22, 2014

There’s no stopping Kevin Durant. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Maybe LeBron James is right to be jealous of Kevin Durant.

The Oklahoma City Thunder forward has scored 30 or more points in eight straight games. The streak is just two games from tying the record for consecutive 30-point games in a single season, trailing only future Hall of Famers James and Kobe Bryant.

Durant had 46 points in the Thunder’s 105-97 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. He shot an efficient 17 of 25 (including 6 of 7 three-pointers), while adding five rebounds and four assists.

“He’s the best player in the world right now,” said Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, who guarded Durant much of the night (via The Oregonian). “What can you say about him?”

The 6-foot-9 forward leads the league with a scoring average of 30.9 points this season and is averaging 39.3 in the last eight games – a span in which Oklahoma City has gone 5-3.

“The way he was playing, he probably could have scored on Jesus,” Blazers guard Mo Williams quipped (via The Oregonian).

In what could very well be a preview of the Western Conference championships, the Thunder (32-10) take on the West-leading San Antonio Spurs (32-9) tonight at 8 p.m.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.
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